The Birds are Back in Town

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Subject: The Birds are Back in Town
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2008 20:26:46 +1000
The overall wader numbers at the Manly wader roost [SEQ] are approaching the summer average. Most of the regular migrant species were present.

There were hundreds of godwits, including quite a few Black-tails, as well as the usual Numenius. The Golden Plovers were hanging out in the "samphire", the Tereks were lurking with the tattlers on the island, the Curlew sands were spread around the water with the Sharpies and stints, the Great Knots were dispersed amongst the godwits and there was a flock of five Tringa at one end of the lake. The ongoing surprise was the relatively large number of Red Knots [including an orange (Vic) flagged individual] present. I rarely get to see Red Knots so it was nice to be able to inspect them at close range and see their barred rumps.

The non-migratory highlight was an immature Osprey inconspicuously perched on the rocks near the entrance to the harbour.

Regards, Laurie.

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